Basketball Little Bucs take runner-up honors in own tourney

Mark Hurst (3) hit six 3-pointers for the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Bucs for 18 points in their loss to Washington Irving.

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School varsity Little Bucs dealt Robert L. Bland’s Patriots a 46-31 whipping last Thursday in opening-round action of their kick-off Tournament.

But they came up a little short in Friday’s championship battle and fell to Washington Irving’s Hilltoppers by a 40-37 count.

With Shawn Blandino banging in three buckets, Mark Hurst bombing in a three, and Zach Calef-Boring and Josh Nesbitt canning deuces, the Little Bucs jumped into a 13-2 first-quarter lead over Robert L. Bland and never looked back.

Ian Donnen went on a seven-point spree and Zade Woody added a goal in the second period, but the Patriots claimed the segment by an 11-9 edge.

Buckhannon took the third stanza by a 7-2 margin, and closed out with a 17-16 fourth quarter that saw Hurst blast in a pair of 3-pointers and Blandino fire in three traditional buckets.

Blandino took scoring honors with 17 points, with Hurst and Donnen canning nine apiece.

Hurst rocketed home six three-pointers in the title contest. The game was close all the way.

The Little Bucs trailed by three, at 14-11, after one period, and went to the dressing room at the half down by three, at 21-18. They fell behind by six, at 30-24, heading into the fourth canto.

Buckhannon rallied to claim the final segment by a 13-10 count. Hurst exploded for a trio of three-pointers, and Calef-Boring and Blandino had regular goals.

The Little Bucs will travel to Philippi Thursday to battle the Bulldogs. They were slated to entertain Elkins Tuesday.

The boxscores:

Robert L. Bland   2  11  2  16    31

Buckhannon         13   9  7  17    46

Robert L. Bland 31

Zach James 0 0-0 0, Grant Mealey 0 0-0 0, Slate Swiger 0 0-2 0, Luke Davisson 0 1-2 1, Zach Woody 0 0-0 0, Caleb Moore 1 0-0 2, Jared Fisher 6 0-0 12, Wyatt Burns 0 0-0 0, Hunter Davisson 3 0-0 8, Owen Hunt 2 e-4 5, Tanner Griffith 1 0-1 3. Totals 12 4-9 31.

Buckhannon 46

Zach Calef-Boring 2 0-0 4, Ian Donnen 4 0-0 9, Mark Hurst 3 0-0 9, Shawn Blandino 8 1-7 17, Josh Nesbitt 1 0-0 2, Zade Woody 1 0-0 2, Gage Rachella 0 0-0 0, Chase Spencer 1 0-0 2, Keyton Lanier 0 1-2 1, Wade Nesbitt 0 0-2 0, Ely Cain 0 0-0 0, Jason Clem 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 2-11 46.

Three-point field goals – Robert L. Bland: H. Davisson 2, Griffith 1; Buckhannon: Hurst 3, Blandino 1.

Free throw percentage – Robert L. Bland: 4-for-9 for 44.4; Buckhannon: 2-for-11 for 18.2.

Personal fouls – Robert L. Bland 10, Buckhannon 15.

Washington Irving   14  7  9  10 –- 40

Buckhannon               11  7  6  13 –- 37

Washington Irving 40

Quinton Cooley 2 0-0 4, Charles Hawkins 6 5-8 17, Braden Thomson 2 3-3 7, Jayvi Lloneza 0 2-6 2, Gavin Cole 1 0-0 2, Bryce Byrd 3 2-6 8, Braylon Hillard 0 0-2 0. Totals 14 12-25 40.

Buckhannon 37

Zach Calef-Boring 2 0-0 4, Ian Donnen 1 1-2 3, Mark Hurst 6 0-2 18, Shawn Blandino 3 0-2 6, Josh Nesbitt 1 0-0 2, Zade Woody 2 0-0 4, Gage Rachella 0 0-0 0, Keyton Lanier 0 0-0 0. Totals – 15 1-6 37.

Three-point field goals – Washington Irving: None; Buckhannon: Hurst 6.

Free throw percentage – Washington Irving: 12-for-25 for 48.0; Buckhannon: 1-for-6 for 16.7.

Personal fouls – Washington Irving 9; Buckhannon 16.

  


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